GRAFTON -- The BUHS girls and boys varsity Nordic teams faced tough competition as well as high winds in a four-lap 5km classic race on Wednesday. The Colonels’ lone home race could only be held because of the snowmaking facilities at Grafton Ponds Outdoor Center and the yeoman work of Race Director Bill Jahn and his intrepid volunteers. With several skiers on the mend from bouts of illness, Brattleboro’s skinny skis squad could only manage a frustrating fifth place within the six-school field of competitors.
Woodstock, Mt. Anthony, Rutland, and Burr & Burton took the top four spots in the girls varsity and boys teams mixed it up with Mt. Anthony taking the top spot followed by Woodstock, Burr & Burton, and Rutland. Rutland’s Carmen Bango skied the fast track in 18:41, bettering her closest rival, Burr and Burton’s Helena Bigelow, who finished in 20:08. For the Colonels, Nevada Powers finished 14th (22:17), Catey Yost 33rd (25:50), Eve Pomazi 36th (26:49), and Katie Reynolds 39th (28:35).
The boys race was won by Woodstock’s Zane Fields in a blistering time of 15:37, with Isaac Wright of Rutland hot on his tail and only two seconds back. Declan King (18:18) and Oliver Pomazi (19:03) took spots 12 and 13 to lead the Colonel boys. Backing them up were Colby McGinn 18th (20:13), Jonah Koch 23rd (20:46), Spencer Loggia 25th (21:07), Tyler Clement 31st (21:58), and Phelan Muller in 39th (26:01).
Dan Burdo took 4th place in the two-lap JV race in 14:02. In the middle school race, the up and coming Colonels filled the results sheet. Isaac Freitas-Eagan captured the boys race while Isabella Thurber ran away from the field in the girls race. Elizabeth Morse took 2nd, Hannah McNeill 5th, and Neveah Beauchamp 6th.
The BUHS team will have a few more days to recover before the MVL classic style championship scheduled for Feb. 6 at Mountain Top in Chittenden.